American Lung Association Is Proud to Announce our New Research Awards

(October 24, 2013)

The American Lung Association Nationwide Research Program has released its annual Research Awards Nationwide 2013-2014 report that highlights research being supported by the Lung Association through its Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and its Awards and Grants Program.

The Awards and Grants Program primarily supports trainees and junior investigators to ensure long-term commitments to lung disease research and to maintain an adequate supply of scientists dedicated to lung disease.  The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research. 

“Scientific research is clearly the front-line weapon in eliminating the terrible toll of lung disease on our families and loved ones,” said Norman H. Edelman, MD, senior medical advisor of the American Lung Association. “Our support of this research is an investment in a healthier future for Americans who are impacted by and at risk of lung disease.”

This year the American Lung Association will be spending close to $9 million in lung disease research, supporting 85 novel and innovative research projects.  The carefully chosen research projects will focus on a wide range of complex issues to help combat and reduce the suffering and burden of lung disease on patients and their loved ones. 

Ten of our researchers have been chosen as this year’s Lung Associations Scholars – an exclusive group of researchers expected to be among the best and brightest investigators in lung research. Read more about these and our other exciting projects in Research Awards Nationwide.

Obstructive Lung Disease Scholar * Delesha Carpenter, Ph.D. of the University of North Carolina is developing a free, user-friendly adolescent asthma self-management application for mobile and tablet devices with the goal of improving asthma self-management.

Interstitial Lung Disease Scholar * Lobelia Samavati, M.D. of Wayne State University in Detroit is examining why the inflammatory process continues to be activated once an infection is fought off in sarcoidosis patients but not healthy individuals.

Lung Cancer Scholar * Gutian Xiao, Ph.D. of the University of Pittsburgh is examining if a widely found protein molecule, PDLIM2, that functions as a cancer suppressor and plays a role in response to chemotherapy, can be used to help diagnose and treat lung cancer.

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